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"Her voice has a wide range. She has the quality, vocal timbre and vibrato of Denise Williams when she goes high. There are a lot of vocal sounds in this young woman. Jazz-wise she can scat too…WOW, a human voice singing songs of substance… Hats off to production, musicianship, arrangement, vocals and don’t miss the lyrics, it’s a breath of fresh air.” - Isaac Hayes


“Breathe New Life, a jazzy soul album that included a handful of very attractive cuts and which achieved notice both in America and Europe. It peaked at #3 on Listmania's Top Nu-Soul on the Net chart. It also received notice from syndicated radio host Michael Baisden, who featured Thomas on his show, introducing her to a larger urban music audience. With a strong industry reputation and a growing visibility with Soul Music audiences around the US and Europe, Rhonda Thomas appears poised to further increase her mark in as a young star to watch.”
Chris Rizik - SoulTracks


“Rare is the vocalist who can navigate the jazz-blues axis with the burnished grace of Rhonda Thomas, combining the authority of Aretha Franklin, the uncensored lubricity Dinah Washington and the springy sass of Carla Thomas.”
–Christopher Loudon
- Jazz Times


“Though Rhonda Thomas’ voice carries traces of Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, or Abbey Lincoln, there is a decidedly unique quality to everything she sings, a rarity among today’s popular/jazz vocalists.” - Jazz Canadiana


Discography

Breathe New Life (2007)
Rhonda Thomas live at Olympic Centennial Park (2007)
Guess Who I Saw Today w/Michael Coppola (2003)
Love Chooses Lovers (Jiva – 2002)

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Featured soloist and background singer for legendary musician and entertainer Isaac Hayes for 11 years, Rhonda Thomas has amassed legions of fans nationally and internationally. Reflective in her sound, she wears her influences like an elegant gown draped with the improvisational skill and vocal acrobatics of Sarah Vaughn and Al Jarreau, and the sultry depth and emotional effectiveness of Phyllis Hyman and Chaka Khan. With her entrancing voice, Rhonda has stamped her name on the hearts of all that have witnessed her. Rhonda’s natural talent, professional drive, and amazing charisma have landed her in the presence of greatness many times. She has performed with several renowned and notable artists including Roy Ayers, Sam Moore (of the legendary duo Sam and Dave), Luther Vandross, Incognito’s Maysa Leak, india.arie, Donnie and many others. A student of music she has won multiple awards in Harlem’s Apollo Theater, to the famous New York’s New Cotton Club. At the 1996 Olympic Games crowds have fallen under the powerful spell of Rhonda's bold vocal styling. Rhonda’s talents were also experienced by listeners on the other side of the globe. Her 2007 UK “Breathe New Life” Tour was met with glowing reviews. Rhonda was asked to compose a song for Antigua-Barbuda’s Travel and Tourism “365 Beaches”. Her boundless energy onstage enchants crowds as her voice exudes power and passion executed with precision. So witness the immeasurable gifts of Rhonda Thomas.